On 21 April 2021 at 11:35LT, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center of Larnaca received an information from the Limassol's Vessel Traffic Service Centre that a seafarer, crew member of a cruise ship, was reported missing, while the Ship was sailing within the Search and Rescue Region of the Republic of Cyprus.
Upon communication with the Master of the ship, it was confirmed that the missing person was last seen on the evening of April 20th 2021, while his ship was located 20 NM south of Cape Gata.
JRCC immediately activated the National Search and Rescue Plan "NEARCHOS", scrambling air units of the Cyprus National Guard and Cyprus Police for the execution of Search operations aiming to locate the missing person.
Specifically, helicopter of the 460 SQN of the Air Force Command and a helicopter of the Cyprus Police Aviation Unit, with specialized Nurses of Ambulance Services on board, are participating in the operation.
The operation is ongoing and unfortunately the person is still missing.
Further information will be forwarded in due time or upon any update information.